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Individual study: Artificial nests for Canada geese Branta canadensis reduce predation rates on nests in a wetland in Missouri, USA

Published source details

Brakhage G.K. (1966) Tub nests for Canada geese. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 30, 851-853


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Use artificial nests that discourage predation Bird Conservation

A replicated study on a wetland site in Missouri, USA (Brakhage 1966), found that 2% of 268 Canada goose Branta canadensis clutches in artificial nest ‘tubs’ were predated in 1962-5, compared 32% of 106 clutches laid on the ground. Artificial nests consisted of ‘No. 2 round washtubs’ placed in trees, on fence posts or specially constructed stands and partially filled with sawdust and straw to allow geese to bury unattended eggs. Tubs were placed 1-20 m off the ground (height did not affect predation rate). Some nests were still considered useable after nine years.